Your Wisconsin Badgers have made it to the Battle 4 Atlantis final after a tough 68-65 win over Georgetown on Thursday afternoon. Despite conflicting reports from the Philadelphia Inquirer, trust me, the Badgers are in the finals.
The @PhillyInquirer with sharp reporting on UWM making the final of Battle 4 Atlantis. Super proud of the Panthers. pic.twitter.com/8DQY4F6SIb— Drew Hamm (@drewhamm5) November 28, 2014
I'm sure you had all heard about though, so let's take a look at the other Thanksgiving action in the Bahamas.
In the other semifinal, the Oklahoma Sooners bested the Butler Bulldogs 59-46 to be the first team in the Battle 4 Atlantis final. The suffocating Sooners defense held the Bulldogs to 24% shooting from the field, including a measly 17% from beyond the arc. While their offensive performance wasn't impressive in its own right, the Sooners shot 77% from the charity stripe and outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-32 (despite Butler getting 13 on the offensive end). Junior guard Isaiah Cousins led the way for Oklahoma with 13 points and eight boards and forward Ryan Spangler added 10 rebounds of his own. The Sooners turned the ball over 16 times and if they want to hang with Wisconsin, they'll have to value the ball a bit more.
In the loaded consolation bracket UNC pounded UCLA 78-56 and Florida struggled by UAB 56-47. Marcus Paige stuffed the stat sheet with 21 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Tar Heels. Wisconsin native Kevon Looney had 11 points and six boards for the Bruins. Michael Frazier II scored 14 points and added eight rebounds for the Gators, while Chris Chiozza was instant offense off the bench with 13 points and apparently instant defense too since ha had six steals as well. Robert Brown and Tosin Mehinti each dropped 12 points for the Blazers in the loss.